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7 posts tagged "Matthew Williamson"

Backstage At Matthew Williamson, Grunge Gets An Update From Babs

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As previously mentioned on this blog, early-nineties makeup has been ruling the runways from New York to London. At Matthew Williamson’s show last night, makeup artist James Kaliardos managed to skirt the line between intentionally undone and beautifully, barely there using—get this—an arsenal of drugstore products. Kaliardos’ “five-minute face,” as he called it, was inspired by Kim Noorda’s flawless skin and began with L’Oréal’s Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer, which he applied for pore minimizing and shine control. To create what he dubbed the “scaffolding,” i.e., the base of the look, Kaliardos dotted a pale shade of L’Oréal’s True Match Touche Magique on the nose and center of the forehead to naturally highlight the allover coverage he built using L’Oréal’s High Definition Smoothing Foundation. Reaching for a deeper shade of the complexion-correcting product (which comes equipped with a built-in brush), he contoured cheekbones and shaded the temples. In an interesting turn of events, models’ eyes were then given structure with a nod to Barbra Streisand—a non-grunge-era heroine if we’ve ever heard of one. Kaliardos skipped the liner and instead grabbed L’Oréal’s Pro Eye Shadow trio in Grey Obsession, which he used to draw a long straight line just above the crease that he pulled past the outer corners. Singing the praises of multitasking products, Kaliardos finished the look with an eye shadow-turned-highlighter on cheeks and the inner corners of the eye and utilized a pink-hued primer to take away sallowness and inject an aura of overall health. The nineties were there, sure, but in a much more fresh-faced, less angsty, Funny Girl kind of way.

Photo: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse / FirstView.com

Charlotte Tilbury Endorses Lip Liner in ’09

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According to Charlotte Tilbury, drag queens have given lip liner a bad name. But the nearly obsolete colored pencil is important, nay essential, to proper lip color application, or so said the makeup artist at Matthew Williamson yesterday, where an early-nineties woman and Helmut Newton photographs played muse. “We all have slightly uneven faces,” the flame-haired face-painter explained as she drew a brick red outline onto models’ lips with MAC’s Stripdown Lip Pencil, filling them in a with a similar shade of Lipstick called Half ‘n Half. Liner is key to creating evenness and definition—especially if you’re working with a strong lip color. “Even Penélope Cruz and Kate Moss need to use it,” Tilbury added, for any of you out there who still doubt its “legit” factor.

Photo: Greg Kessler